Cardiovascular risk communication in primary care

Cardiovascular diseases are the major cause of disease and death. Risk for cardiovascular disease is determined by a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors. General practitioners on a daily basis discuss these risks and the benefits and risks of treatment or care with their patients. In such risk communication the role of the general practitioner is to help the patient make a well informed decision.


The aim of the project is to study cardiovascular risk communication in primary care. The main focus is on how general practitioners value and communicate lifestyle as well as genetic risk factors. The first part of the project is a qualitative study, focus group interviews with Swedish general practitioners, with the aim of gaining knowledge of their experience and strategies for communicating cardiovascular risk in every day consultations. The second part of the project is a discrete choice experiment (DCE). Based on the results of the focus group interviews scenarios, attributes and levels for the DCE will be developed.

About the project

This PhD Project started in 2012 and is funded by the Uppsala County Council (Primärvården, Landstinget i Uppsala län).



  • Sofia Lavén, MD, PhD Student
  • Karin Björkegren, MD, PhD, Senior lecturer, Family medicine and Preventive medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences

Senast uppdaterad: 2021-09-30